News Feed by Topic: Air Quality

Trump agency attorneys signal attack on mercury rule

The Trump administration on Tuesday asked to delay a court hearing on the already-implemented federal Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, a signal that the administration's Environmental Protection Agency will soon have marching ord... Read More »

Filed Under: Air quality, Federal policy, Healthy environment

Duke Energy proposes increasing carcinogens downstream in permit renewal

As part of its 2015 criminal plea agreement, Duke Energy admitted that bromide discharged into rivers and lakes from its coal ash operations have caused carcinogens to form in downstream drinking water systems. Some of these carci... Read More »

State: North Carolina   Filed Under: Air quality, Healthy environment, Water quality

Freeze on EPA grants puts clean water, clean air at risk as agency goes silent

Memos circulated at the Environmental Protection Agency in the first days of the Trump administration put a freeze on the agency’s grants, as well as a gag order on EPA officials discussing the grant freeze. The length and depth... Read More »

Filed Under: Air quality, Federal policy, Water quality

What does the new Congress and administration mean for clean air and climate change?

The Clean Air Act has been a hugely successful public health law. Since it was adopted in 1970, the nation has seen huge reductions in pollution coinciding with major growth in the economy. The new federal administration and anti-... Read More »

Filed Under: Air quality

Neighbors opposing natural gas compressor: Let Nashville protect its air

They streamed into downtown Nashville in a pair of buses and packed a hearing room so thoroughly organizers had to retract a room divider to offer more seats. More than 150 people from Nashville’s Joelton and Antioch communities... Read More »

State: Tennessee   Filed Under: Air quality, Natural gas

Community pressure mounts to reject Nashville-area natural gas compressors

Nashville residents in two neighborhoods are challenging plans to put a pair of massive natural gas compressors totaling more than 100,000 horsepower inside the city limits. They’re joined by a growing list of elected leaders, in... Read More »

State: Tennessee   Filed Under: Air quality, Natural gas

“Four years ago, DEQ changed its mission to 'customer service.' It quickly became apparent the customers it cares about are the polluters and not the people of North Carolina.”

Derb Carter, Director of North Carolina offices, in a Fayetteville Observer op-ed

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Clean Power Plan has its day in court

Tomorrow the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals hears oral argument on the Clean Power Plan, a landmark action to reduce harmful carbon pollution and speed the country’s transition to cleaner, more affordable energy choices. Despite s... Read More »

Filed Under: Air quality, Federal policy

Dismantled: New report details years of cuts to North Carolina’s environmental protections

Released today, the SELC report Dismantled chronicles the trend of state officials undermining the sensible environmental policies that make North Carolina a great place to visit, live, and do business. For six years, policies en... Read More »

State: North Carolina   Filed Under: Air quality, Coastal protection, Federal policy, Land use, Water quality

Duke Energy settlement over air pollution leads to boost for electric vehicles

Duke Energy will be spending $1.5 million to improve access to electric vehicle charging stations in its service area. The investment is one of the terms of the settlement reached in a Clean Air Act lawsuit against the utility in... Read More »

State: North Carolina   Filed Under: Air quality

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